Guide to the Vana J. Plaisance letter regarding her grandfather, Patrick Martin Williams, Jr., July 31, 2009

Summary Information

Title: Vana J. Plaisance letter regarding her grandfather, Patrick Martin Williams, Jr., July 31, 2009
Collection: AC.697
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder in Cold Storage)
Abstract:

This collection includes a typed letter dated 2008 from Vana J. Plaisance regarding her grandfather, Patrick Martin Williams, Jr. A color photograph is also contains a color photograph of Plaisance at the 2008 National Convention of the American Folklore Society in Louisville, Kentucky.

Creator: Plaisance, Vana J.

Biographical/Historical Note

Patrick Martin Williams, Jr. wrote the manuscript for his book, The Plowboy: Words of Faith and Encouragement, in 1967, but it was not published until 2008 by his granddaughter, Vana J. Plaisance. In her letter about this collection, Ms. Plaisance says Grandfather was born in 1898 in a cabin on his family's farm near Natural Bridge State Park (Virginia). As a teen, he left his humble home with just 34 cents in his pocket and the clothes on his back, and he set out to make his mark on the world. His early jobs included water boy for a railroad company and working in a livery stable. He graduated high school and also from business school in Lexington, Kentucky. For most of his life, Grandfather worked for the C & O Railroad and retired from their service. Williams died before his manuscript could be published, and he entrusted its care to Plaisance with the promise she would see it published, which she did more than 40 years after he wrote it.

Scope and Contents

This collection is a letter from Vana J. Plaisance to Fred J. Hay regarding her grandfather, Patrick Martin Williams, Jr. about her grandfather, Patrick Martin Williams, Jr. and a color photograph of Ms. Plaisance at the 2008 national convention of the American Folklore Society in Louisville, Kentucky where she had given a presentation on her grandfather's book, The Plowboy: Words of Faith and Encouragement. This letter and photo came with a complimentary copy of her grandfather's book which was cataloged for Special Collections.

Arrangement

This is no formal arrangement to this collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

Accession number AC.2010.010

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anita Elliott, December 2013. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.697: Plaisance, Vana J., Letter to Fred J. Hay regarding her grandfather, Patrick Martin Williams, Jr., W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

Letter, July 31, 2009 Cold_Storage Box 2